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Hair Salon on the Battlefield

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Hair Styling Brigade???

As a hairdresser, I am especially aware of the inference of the job as one of being frivolous or lacking in importance. I came across an article the other day that confirmed to me what we in the business intuitively know and understand. That is, how the importance of a hairdresser can create well-being in others.

In this article, I found it easy to feel affirmed of the importance of the job of a hairdresser, and of those who have chosen to do pedicures, manicures or massages as a way of making a living.

In this tiny shop in Kuwait, the women found it “easy to forget the harshness of a desert deployment and great to get spoiled.” “This is the best thing the Army could have put here, said Sgt.1st class Julie Scott. “It brings back what some of us are used to back at home.” Sgt. Charles Jackson agreed, saying,“With more and more men, especially in the States, starting to pay attention to how their hands and feet look, the beauty shop won’t be able to serve all its customers soon.”

If I were a member of the top brass at the Pentagon, I would put together the “Mobile Mash Spa Battalion.” The sole purpose of this battalion would be to move from war zone battlefield to battlefield much the same as Bob Hope did with the USO tours.

This could be a mobile facility with a tent structure much like we saw in the movie MASH. This battalion would be staffed with beauticians, barbers, manicurists, pedicure experts, masseuse, reflexologists, etc. These people would be charged with the responsibility of boosting the morale of troops who have been in the field for extended lengths of time.

Can you imagine crawling out of a dirty foxhole after a month with mud caked in between your toes, sand and dirt coming out of every pore and going into the “Mobile Mash Spa?” How pampered would you feel getting a pedicure, manicure or massage, shampoo, haircut or shave after living in this type of environment? Why not give the men and women who serve, these little luxuries?

I think this could be a huge morale builder. I urge each one of you reading this to get in touch with your Congressman or Senator and insist that they establish the “Mobile Mash Spa Battalion.”

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